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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Located in the western part of Tripura, Agartala is the capital city of Agartala and is known for its rich cultural heritage and diversity. Agartala has splendid heritage monuments. The most famous among these are the Ujjayanta Palace and Kunjaban.

                      The Ujjayanta Palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya, in 1901. It presently houses the State Legislative Assembly. Kunjaban is another palace built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore and is now home to the Governor of Tripura. In addition to palaces, Agartala has numerous temples which are worth visiting. Mata Tripureshwari Temple is the most famous among them and is one of the 51 pitha stalas according to Hindu mythology. There are various other pilgrimage sites including Unakoti, a place of Shiva worship situated at a distant of 178 kms from the city. Debtamura, famous for carvings of Hindu Gods and Goddess is a major tourist attraction. To view the stone images of Narasimha and Avlokiteshwara, a tourist can visit Pilak, situated at a distance of 100 kms from the city. Located at a distance of 55 kms from the city is Udaipur famous for its Mahadev temple and Tripura Sundari temple.

                       Another major tourist attraction is the Neermahal, a summer resort built in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Sepajhila wildlife sanctuary and Krishna wildlife sanctuary which boasts of a variety of flora and fauna. Dumboor and Lake Kamlasagar are other tourist attractions. Jampui hills, famous for natural springs are situated at a distance of 200 kms from Agartala.

                     Agartala is well connected to major cities. It is 1680 km from Calcutta and 599 km from Guwahati. Daily flights connect these cities from each other. The nearest rail head is Kumarghat while NH-44 connects Agartala to Guwahati. The best time to visit Agartala is from October to March. 

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